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Beginner’s Book Club

01 Mar

flagg

My son and I joined a book club, Page Turners, at a local library in November. The group discussed Fannie Flagg’s Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven. They enjoyed it, especially the humor. Now, the best thing that I came away from Page Turners with…these people are like minded. They enjoy books enough to seek out others to discuss them.

timepiece

The group’s next selection was Richard Paul Evan’s Timepiece. My son and I both read it. It was hard for me to stay hooked. Neither of us cared for it much. It was predictable. Now predictability is not always a killer. You can still enjoy the ride, even if you know precisely where you’re going. The problem here was the ride wasn’t very entertaining either. A little too sentimental & emotional for my tastes.

I read the selection, but had to miss the meeting in December! Oh well, I didn’t have much to contribute anyway, except for some negativity. I’ll try again.

horses

The next month’s selection was Per Peterson’s Out Stealing Horses. I was never really sure where this one meant to go. I tried to follow, but there were many side roads & I wasn’t sure which one to take. I was confused. There was a little seemingly, unnecessary explicitness (of course, for all I know, it could have been of great significance to the plot). It was enough that I told my son to skip this one. The story definitely wasn’t worth it.

notebook

Now, guess what. I had to skip this meeting too! Strike two. Come on, now, really. The next month’s selection was Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook.

I read this one, but knew ahead of time that it probably wasn’t my cup of tea. Sparks’ novels are wildly popular. I don’t care for this type of romance story. The romantic tendencies lean more towards lusty.

I did like Sparks’ narrative description of the place that Noah renovated. He made me want to live there. This, however, wasn’t enough to save it. I vetoed this one for my son too. He wasn’t really looking forward to it anway!

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I found out a few days before meeting time that they had added Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist. It took a bit to scramble up a copy of this, but worth it. This is the first selection I enjoyed. It is well written. Although it was a fable, I enjoyed the biblical references.

Finally, here’s one my son can read. Too late, time’s up. He is a speed reader of Olympic proportion, but I’m not. I couldn’t give the go ahead quick enough. We also found out later, this book was added especially for him. We are disappointed.

I finally make it to book club to discuss 2 books. So, I guess it makes up for the last one. I enjoyed the discussion. There were even a couple of the other ladies that didn’t enjoy The Notebook. I was sure that I’d be the only one. I’m going to have to work on conveying my negative reviews in an appropriate manner. I feel like I’m being argumentative to disagree with other’s opinions.

Now, I’m working on Daniel Wallace’s Big Fish. I’ve gotten as far as the front cover. I’ll let ya know how it turns out.

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2 responses to “Beginner’s Book Club

  1. Jonathan

    March 3, 2009 at 6:43 PM

    Evidently you are a big fan of movies. Do you judge the book knowing how the movie developed? And does it dilute your enjoyment of the reading? Very few times have I gone back and read a book after I saw the movie. I guess I felt that I couldn’t separate the two fairly. However, I do anticipate seeing a movie after I have read the book. Most times I rate the reading experience better than the cinematic.

     
  2. litabuff

    March 3, 2009 at 10:17 PM

    Of the two media, books are definitely my perferred. I would normally rather read the book before watching the movie. However, I have enjoyably reversed the process (most successfully with Jane Austen). I am usually able to see the movie as a completely different interpretation. As with you, I rarely enjoy the movie more than the book, but it has happened. Recently I watched “The Magic of Ordinary Days”, a very simple movie. I enjoyed it so much that I read the book. I was disappointed. I liked the way the film makers interpreted the authors’ characters better.
    I can tell you after reading “The Notebook”, I have no desire to watch the movie. I also received a copy of the movie, “Nights in Rodanthe”. I haven’t watched it yet, but I doubt I’ll be reading that book!

     

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